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Nate Wooley Sextet: (Sit in) The Throne of Friendship

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Si respira aria di festa in (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship ultima fatica discografica del trombettista e compositore Nate Wooley. Si avverte quella sensazione un po' démodé che solo il circo o il luna park sono in grado di offrire, tra momenti di eccitazione per le novità o per le mirabolanti avventure promesse, rassicuranti sensazioni dalle cose che non cambiano, profumi invitanti che sanno d'altri tempi.

La strumentazione è insolita con quattro strumenti dai registri gravi— clarinetto basso, sax baritono, tuba e contrabbasso—a fungere da liquido di contrasto per gli interventi lucenti del vibrafono e per le multiformi sembianze assunte dalla tromba del leader. L'ampio uso di tecniche estese passa inosservato rispetto alla miriade di sfumature che Wooley dissemina con sapienza e noncuranza, ai continui cambi di atmosfera, alle sorprese dispensate da una stanza degli specchi sonora deformante e bizzarra.

Tutto scivola via con naturalezza, come se una mano invisibile tirasse i fili dei singoli strumenti seguendo il ritmo della natura, assecondando irregolarità di percorso e cambi di umore. Wooley oltre che trombettista innovativo si rivela compositore non convenzionale e leader dalla forte personalità in grado di dar risalto alle peculiarità dei singoli in funzione di una chiara progettualità.

Track Listing: Old Man on the Farm; Make Your Friend Feel Loved; The Berries; Plow; Executive Suities; My Story, My Story; Sweet and Sad Consistency; A Million Billion Btus.

Personnel: Nate Wooley: tromba; Josh Sinton: clarinetto basso, sax baritono; Matt Moran: vibrafono; Eivind Opsvik: contrabbasso; Dan Peck: tuba; Harris Eisenstadt: batteria.

Title: (Sit in) The Throne of Friendship | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

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